Per an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine... Acting legend Clint Eastwood apparently believes that political correctness has rendered modern society humorless. He accuses younger generations of spending too much time trying to avoid being offensive.
The Dirty Harry star insists that he should be able to tell harmless jokes about nationality without fearing that people may brand him "a racist"... stating:
"People have lost their sense of humor. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist... I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a 'Sam the Jew' or 'Jose the Mexican' - but we didn't think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don't want to be politically correct. We're all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything."
What "former times" is he referring to? When has it ever been OK to tell racist jokes? He's almost 80 years old, so, maybe he's recalling an era when most of us weren't even born, when Jim Crow laws where mandate. I wonder how many "How do you get a nigger out of a tree?" jokes he told during those "former times" he's referring to.
Maybe his choice of words was just unfortunate. After all, he makes it easy for one to quickly dismiss what he says as the rantings of an old white man with privilege. I can understand what he may have meant to say... emphasis on "may have," since I'm obviously not in Clint Eastwood's head. I would agree that we have become a hypersensitive nation (I'm certainly guilty of knee-jerk reactions to perceived racially offensive material). But, as I said in a previous post, that "hypersensitivity" is influenced by something very real, which should be acknowledged.
So, instead of good old Clint's seemingly careless, dismissive comments, people like him should be encouraging discussion and deconstruction of what's at the root of said hypersensitivity.
*Sigh* It's all so damned idiotic, when one considers just how much havoc we've allowed the social construct we call race, to wreak upon us!
Although, maybe he's unto something. Humor can be a powerful tool used to demystify aspects of life, and possibly expose the stupidity of something as divisive and nonsensical as "race."
via DAILY MAIL